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by michaelr
Mon Mar 02, 2009 8:16 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Do suspended hard disks break sooner?
Replies: 19
Views: 4977

Do suspended hard disks break sooner?

I have been suspending hard disk for just about as long as this website exists. I have always suspended my hard disk with a rubber elastic band just as many of you have done here. About 6 months ago, I bought a 150gb WD Raptor. It is a great disk but I have just RMA'ed it the second time. I have als...
by michaelr
Tue Feb 10, 2009 7:28 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: PSU recommendation for my system
Replies: 1
Views: 865

PSU recommendation for my system

I have a pretty low end system. My specs are 1. Athlon 64 [email protected] 5000 2. Gigabyte MA78GPM-DS2H with onboard VGA 3. 2 GB RAM 4. One Harddisk 5. One optical drive I am basically looking for a near silent PSU with 300W. I have been using the Silenx 300W that is about 5-6 years old now. I am getting random ...
by michaelr
Sun Aug 17, 2008 9:20 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Replacement advice for a Shuttle Zen
Replies: 0
Views: 723

Replacement advice for a Shuttle Zen

I have had the Shuttle Zen for a few years and it is coming of age. I checked Shuttle's lineup recently and it looks to me, they have gone upscale and cover mostly the gaming market. I use the Zen exclusively for movies. It sits inside an entertainment center right next to a Yamaha receiver connecte...
by michaelr
Thu Feb 09, 2006 7:36 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Problem with my silent machine
Replies: 2
Views: 1540

Look for Burst/Bulging Capacitors on your motherboard. Andy It's funny that you mention that. This is a replacement board for one with bad caps. The caps do look prestine, the board is only been in use for about a month now and for the first couple of week, it did not exhibit any boot problems. I w...
by michaelr
Thu Feb 09, 2006 6:14 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Problem with my silent machine
Replies: 2
Views: 1540

Problem with my silent machine

Lately my machine started to freeze on bootup. When I say freeze, I mean it simply stops, no BSOD or crash. This only happens during the first five minutes after the machine has been shut down for a few hours or only during "cold" boots. Once I reboot a few times, it runs 100% solid. So it seems to ...
by michaelr
Tue Jan 24, 2006 6:35 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU multiplier changed
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

I thought I post a follow up to my original post. After the bios multiplier started to act strange, the next thing I knew my onboard USB suddenly died on me. The internal RAID controller had long given up being reliable. The board has been otherwise rock-solid, however, dispite the fact that it ran ...
by michaelr
Fri Aug 26, 2005 5:42 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU multiplier changed
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

mattthemuppet wrote:can you set it to the correct setting in the Bios? ...
Yes, I can. The board does not recognize the CPU. It comes up as Unknown CPU type. When I go into the bios, I force the CPU mulitplier to 9.5x which three weeks ago gave me a clock of 1800, today's its 1500.
by michaelr
Fri Aug 26, 2005 4:47 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: CPU multiplier changed
Replies: 4
Views: 2365

CPU multiplier changed

I have an old ABIT KT7-RAID board. I am using it with an Athlon Thoroughbred B. The board is not actually supported for this processor but it works just fine none the less (for more than 18 months) and runs much cooler than the original Thunderbird 1300 I had in there. Here is a thread that talks mo...
by michaelr
Tue Nov 09, 2004 7:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Harddisk advice. Which one to buy?
Replies: 5
Views: 2943

I promised a followup, here it is: I decided on two Hitachi Sata 80GBs and a generic Silicon Image 3112 raid controller. Total cost plus shipping $169. For the life of me, I could not get the controller to work properly. Drives were recognized but I could not format them. The format process aborted ...
by michaelr
Wed Nov 03, 2004 4:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Harddisk advice. Which one to buy?
Replies: 5
Views: 2943

The people at storagereview keep saying the same thing that RAID0 does not improve desktop performance. I have never done any testing with my RAID0 setup except once. I normally back up via Norton Ghost and moved the RAID image to a standalone 20GB Seagate. Boot time increased significantly as in +2...
by michaelr
Mon Nov 01, 2004 2:37 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Harddisk advice. Which one to buy?
Replies: 5
Views: 2943

Harddisk advice. Which one to buy?

I am looking to upgrade my disks. My current setup is an Abit KT7-RAID board with an Athlon XP 2400. While the XP is not supported by Abit, it works like a charm. The performance (coming from a Thunderbird @ 1000) increase is nice but it is painfully obvious to me that I need to replace my disks als...
by michaelr
Sun Mar 14, 2004 10:05 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Making the computer sound pleasant
Replies: 33
Views: 18164

My company has 'white' noise coming through its speaker system. It is very effective in toning everything down from phone conversations in the next cubicle to seek on my notebook. Highly recommended for every office.
by michaelr
Tue Mar 09, 2004 1:50 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Need help upgrading my system
Replies: 0
Views: 988

Need help upgrading my system

I want to upgrade my system and need some advice. I have not followed the latest innovations in PCs or silencing lately and need some input. Current setup: Motherboard: Abit KT7 Raid. There was an onboard Northbridge fan which I simply took off. Processor: 1300 Athlon, running at 1100 Mhz, undervolt...
by michaelr
Fri Jun 13, 2003 10:55 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silenx vs. Modded Zalman
Replies: 1
Views: 1626

Silenx vs. Modded Zalman

My modded Zalman just recently died after about almost 2 years of service. I had to go back to my Whisper Enermaxx. What a joke. Whisper for about 2 minutes and then some... Anyway, the mod to the Zalman was simple enough. I added the Zalman resistor in and the PSU was ever so quite after that and m...
by michaelr
Wed Jun 11, 2003 8:21 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: online activity causes soundcard buzzing
Replies: 9
Views: 3508

Re: online activity causes soundcard buzzing

What is your system config? I used to have similar problems. One was caused by an older version of the highpoint raid driver. I used to have an el'cheapo soundcard from IOMagic that caused hissing whenever I had activity on the bus. I tried a gazillion things but ended up replacing it with a 5.1 Sou...
by michaelr
Thu Apr 17, 2003 4:48 pm
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: cooling a Shuttle XPC
Replies: 1
Views: 1814

Re: cooling a Shuttle XPC

I have a SV-24 and simply used the stock fans and Zalman Fan Control units with all of them at the lowest setting. This includes the PSU which required some cable splicing to get this done. Three fans (case, CPU, PSU) with ZFC and a barracuda iv makes the SV-24 quiet and cool enough for my purposes ...
by michaelr
Wed Apr 16, 2003 6:12 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Install of Zalman VGA Heatsink on Microstar Ti4200?
Replies: 5
Views: 2342

I got a zalman heatsink-cooler on my creative Geforce4 ti4200. works perfect. it's kind of hard to install it, but once it's done, the heatsink works fine! Installed the Zalman today. Took a little over an hour and works like a charm. Overall case/cpu temperature is a few degrees higher but nothing...
by michaelr
Mon Apr 07, 2003 10:02 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Install of Zalman VGA Heatsink on Microstar Ti4200?
Replies: 5
Views: 2342

Shouldn't be a problem. Just double check that you've got room in the case for the Zalman. It'll take up a PCI slot, and some people have had trouble with the heatpipe hitting their RAM. I've got an HP-80 on my 9700 and it works perfectly. The install is kinda complex, but I actually enjoyed it. Th...
by michaelr
Mon Apr 07, 2003 3:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Install of Zalman VGA Heatsink on Microstar Ti4200?
Replies: 5
Views: 2342

Install of Zalman VGA Heatsink on Microstar Ti4200?

I couldn't resist and shelled out the $80 for a Ti4200-64MB at Best Buy. I have lived with noiseless VGA cards thus far and would like some input if the card can be used with the Zalman VGA heatpipe/sink. The card is labeled as a BFG Asylum but the one I actually got looks very much like this one ex...
by michaelr
Sun Feb 02, 2003 1:31 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet notebook
Replies: 3
Views: 2465

What's the URL for the ibm ebay store? I found their clearance center but it had nothing to do with ebay.

Yes, the built quality is simply awesome with Thinkpads. I'd recommend one anytime (I don't work for them either... :wink: )
by michaelr
Sun Feb 02, 2003 12:56 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Quiet notebook
Replies: 3
Views: 2465

Quiet notebook

I got recently an IBM T30 (work) and it's the quietest notebook I have ever used, much improvement over the previous T21 I had. The fan shuts down frequently (50% of the time, light use) and the machine is completed silent except for disk activity. Only seeks are noticeable. Downside is that the T30...